DollarStoreCrafts.com is a daily crafting blog with an emphasis on projects that are cheap, chic, and easy to do. Most of the materials in our projects can be purchased at your local dollar store.
Here's everything you've ever wanted to know about Dollar Store Crafts. There's a lot of info on this page, so here's a table of contents with links so you can skip to the sections you're interested in.
- About Us, Heather Mann, Our Team
- Contact Info
- Disclosure Policy, Affiliates, Disclaimer
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Sign Up for Weekly Newsletter
About The Site:
Dollar Store Crafts is a daily blog devoted to hip crafts using dollar store stuff.
I started Dollar Store Crafts in October 2008, and the site has since developed into a successful daily crafting blog with an emphasis on projects that are cheap, chic, and easy to do. Over 600,000 unique readers visit Dollar Store Crafts each month, and over 1 million pages are viewed each month.
This blog is dedicated to bringing you crafts that feature materials purchased
- at dollar stores
- at dollar sections in stores
- at discount stores for $1 or less
Projects will assume you have some supplies available, including supplies that nearly everyone has on hand like:
- paint brushes
- general office and home supplies
About the Author:
Contact me: heather AT dollarstorecrafts dot com
Heather Mann: I'm the founder of Dollar Store Crafts; I've been a crafter, writer and entrepreneur since I was a little girl selling polymer clay beads and scrunchies door to door. I'm the co-host of webshow Get a Little Creative, and I'm also a blogging mentor at my site Crafterminds, a mid-century design fan and Decor Hacker, and mother of three little boys ages 2, 4, and 5. I live in Salem, Oregon.
Things that thrill me: innovative crafts that are clever and simple to make, spending less money, teaching people what I know, making connections with people, collaborating, and using up what I have (stashbusting!). My top three craft tools are: sewing machine, hot glue gun, and googly eyes.
I am an expert in frugal crafting, and I love to deconstruct readymade items into new objects. I've been blogging since 2000 (I hand-coded my first blog in HTML), and have been writing craft tutorials since 2003.
- CraftFail, a blog where crafters can share their not-so-successful crafting attempts
- Decor Hacks, quick tips for home decorating
- Crafterminds, the art of craft blogging
- Dollar Store Mom, all the info you need to be the best mom ever (on a budget)
Rhonda Greene is a lifelong resident of West Michigan. She participated in her first craft show at the age of 10, selling jewelry made from found objects. She lives with her husband, Adam, and two cats, Merlin and Abracadabra. Top 3 supplies: Mod Podge, duct tape, and grommets. Read more from Rhonda.
Melinda lives in the Jacksonville, FL area with her husband, Ross and rottweiler, Kona. She enjoys "making pretties" either on the computer, or through different types of crafts. She also loves baking and decorating cakes and cookies. Melinda runs Hileman Design (a graphic/web design, desktop publishing and public relations business) and Grounding Stones Jewelry (wire-wrapped stone jewelry). Visit their website at http://www.hilemanholdings.com.
Caroline Sanchez (Care) has been sewing since her mom taught her the basics at around six years old. She has always been driven to CREATE, even from a very young age. She is mommy to two little boys and one baby girl, and almost every spare moment she has is spent in her sewing room or working on her blog, Obsessively Stitching.
Samantha Baldwin: Contributor
Samantha Baldwin is an award-winning journalist with aspirational tastes on a dollar store budget. She covers DIY fashion and DIY home design for examiner.com and posts inspiration and tutorials at her personal blog Bromeliad Living. Her favorite craft supplies are thread, hot glue, and anything wrongly discarded by her neighbors.
Mike Warren made his own toys as a kid, a few decades later not much has changed. A strong believer in DIY, getting messy and of course the Dollar Store, Mike can be found collecting stuff for his next project around the rainy streets of Vancouver, BC. He has had projects featured on Make, Hack-a-Day, Gizmodo, Betty Crocker, Lifehacker, and Craftzine. Aside from making Man Crafts he also creates wacky things over at Instructables.com.
We are four real life sisters who share a love of creativity, clothes, and fabulous finds. We are separated by miles and miles (and maybe a couple of states) We were raised on a meager budget so we learned to make the best of what we had. Thrifting, repurposing and sister swaps helped us make the most of our wardrobes then and we are sticking to it now. We love putting together stylish looks for less and by less we mean less than 5 dollars. Check out our daily blog: The Sisters 4 Say More is More.
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Flickr Group: Dollar Store Crafts Pool
- Heather Mann, Top 10 Craft Blogger at Babble.com
- 10 Favorite Craft Blogs at Blogs.com
- 10 Crafty Blogs We Love at ApartmentTherapy.com
- 2 DIY Blog Faves at Real Simple
- 5 Awesome Craft Blogs at CafeMom
- Top DIY Blogs at Viewpoints
- Nominee in 2010 BlogLuxe Awards: Category "Blogs I've Learned The Most From"
- Top Tutorials of 2009 at The Long Thread (Tea Towel Calendar)
- Top 50 Craft Blogs - Xmarks
- 2010 November Alexa Ranking: 27,296 in US
- 2010 October Technorati Ranking: 1566 (Top 100: #7 Home Blog; Top 100 Living Blog)
- Clothespin Angel Ornaments (CrafTown, November 2010)
- $2 Apothecary Jars, Guest Post (Someday Crafts, October 2010)
- Wool Tree Ornaments (CrafTown, October 2010)
- Star, Crafting With the Stars (Sew Dang Cute, October 2010)
- 5 No-Sew Costumes (Kaboose.com, September 2010)
- No-Sew Netbook Case (According to Kelly, July 2010)
- Make a Peg Doll Family (Skip to My Lou's Craft Camp, June 2010)
- Guest Judge, Dollar Store Challenge (The CSI Project, June 2010)
- Waffled Monte Cristo Sandwich (Foodwhirl, May 2010)
- Judge, Threadless.com Threadknits Challenge (Threadknits.com, March 2010)
- Regular Craft Contributor at AmazingMoms (Amazingmoms.com 2010)
- How to Get Your Toddler's Teeth Brushed (Ohdeedoh, February 2010)
- How to Make a Reusable Babysitting Board (Ohdeedoh, February 2010)
- How to Cook With Toddlers - Painting Toast (Ohdeedoh, February 2010)
- How to Make Chocolate-Dipped Twinkie Bon-Bons (Ohdeedoh, February 2010)
- How to Make a Pirate Ship Sandwich (Ohdeedoh, February 2010)
- Cocktail Umbrella Lamp (Ohdeedoh, January 2010)
- Porcelain Village Fixer-Upper (Ohdeedoh, December 2009)
- Getting to Know Anna & Heather - Crafting with the Stars (Sew Dang Cute, October 2010)
- Meet Heather Mann of Dollar Store Crafts (Ohdeedoh, October 2009)
- Zines Get All Crafty (CraftyPod #7 Podcast, Aug 18, 2005)
- Interview With Heather (CraftyPod #48 Podcast, April 6, 2007)
- Story of Heather’s First Zine, (HelloCraft #3 Podcast, Nov 19, 2008)
Thanks to everyone who has linked to Dollar Store Crafts, including:
- Eight Ways to Reuse old T-shirts (Yahoo Green, December 2010)
- Make a Faux Capiz Shell Garland (Apartment Therapy, December 2010)
- Make a No-Sew Soft-Sided Play House (Ohdeedoh, November 2010)
- 8 Ways to Use Old T-Shirts (Care2 Green, November 2010)
- $2 Apothecary Jar (Lifehacker, October 2010) (Lifehacker Australia)
- $2 Apothecary Jar (Apartment Therapy, October 2010)
- TechSpot September 2010
- 137 Inexpensive Handmade Holiday Gift Ideas (CraftyNest, August 2010)
- Real Simple May 2010
- Curbly May 2010
- Apartment Therapy Chicago May 2010
- Casa Sugar May 2010
- CafeMom May 2010
- Make Jointed-Letter Banners (Ohdeedoh, May 2010)
- Make Your Own Patio Chandelier (Apartment Therapy, May 2010)
- So What Was in the Envelope? (How Does She, April 2010)
- Top Tutorials of 2009 - The Longest Thread (Apartment Therapy, February 2010)
- A $2 DIY Ornament (Apartment Therapy, November 2009)
- Try This: Toddler Sewing Card (Ohdeedoh, April 2009)
- This Weekend Have a Portrait Party (Apartment Therapy, April 2009)
- Star Wars Felt Finger Puppets (Ohdeedoh, August 2009)
- Crafty Crow - Mobiles & Wind Chimes (Crafty Crow, November 2009)
- Tip Junkie - Halloween Ideas (Tip Junkie, October 2009)
- Make an Alien Abduction Lamp (Curbly, May 2009)
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Dollar Store Crafts selects certain vendors to be affiliates, and provides links directly to their stores in exchange for a small percentage of the sale, should you choose to buy. We hand-pick companies who we link to because we think their products might be of interest to you, or they sell products that can be used in our dollar store crafts. Our first allegiance is always to you, the reader!
WHY I am an affiliate: Because I love making dollar store crafts, and writing this blog, and I want to keep improving this site and the original content I bring you! I don't want you to buy anything you wouldn't otherwise be buying, but if you ARE buying, then you might as well help support your favorite blog, right? :)
- Dollar Tree! (I'm excited about that because I am pretty sure I'm responsible for a TON of yearly business for DT!)
- Blick Art Materials
- Discounted Designer Fabrics
This blog is dedicated to bringing you fun ideas. While we would never knowingly promote a project that is flat-out dangerous, some materials and techniques are not appropriate for all ages and stages. Some materials can be toxic (glue, etc.) Please use your own good judgment when taking part in these crafts. We make no claims about the safety of any of the projects featured on our blogs, or the techniques or supplies used. We take no responsibility for what you choose to do with the information and ideas represented on Dollar Store Crafts!
Answer: I get inspiration from other blogs, other art and design projects I see around, and of course, the dollar store itself! Also, many of the ideas featured on this blog are from other blogs! Check for links in the stories to visit them.
Answer: If a tutorial is located at someone else's page (as approximately 90% of the projects featured on Dollar Store Crafts are), I make a point of not including ALL the info (the complete tutorial instructions) for the project in my blog entry, because I want to encourage people to visit the original project to see how to do it. I don't like it when people copy my tutorials in entirety and post them on their own blogs, so I don't do that to others. For more info, check the link at the end of the first paragraph in the blog post you are interested in. It's enclosed in brackets and [it looks like this.]
Answer: YES! If you have already made your own dollar store craft, please send me a link to your blog or website (where you originally posted it), OR send me details and a photo, or post on the Facebook page. While I can't promise all ideas submitted will be featured on the site, I try hard to showcase as many reader submissions as I can! My email address is heather <at> dollarstorecrafts *dot* com. Note about photos: Please don't send ginormous photos! And, the clearer and prettier the photo is, the more likely I am to use your idea as a feature.
Question: Hey! That craft looks an awful lot like something I already posted on my own blog! Did you steal it?
Answer: Nope! I (and my contributors) make efforts to credit all the people involved in blog posts. Sometimes DSC will feature a project that strongly resembles others available on the web; chances are, we weren't aware of yours when we wrote our post. The web is wide, my friends, and lots of ideas have been done before. Sometimes I come up with something all on my own that someone else (usually Martha Stewart!!) has already done. This is part of the mystery of the collective unconscious. But for real, I said I don't like it when people steal my tutorials, so I don't do that to others. If something I write strongly resembles yours, let's just chalk it up to being kindred spirits/of the same mind, okay? 'Cause I don't plagiarize. But feel free to write me a friendly comment or email and point out your own awesome tutorial. If you're nice, I'll probably link to it. If you're mean, I probably won't. I believe the web is at its best when we are kind and friendly and generous. If you've posted a tute for free on your blog, then let the tute be free. I'll set the example and provide all the tutorials I write for Dollar Store Crafts to you for free!
Question: Why do you have advertising and affiliate marketing links on your site?
Answer: I love making dollar store crafts, and writing this blog, and I want to keep improving this site and the original content I bring you. I can keep bringing you awesome content for free by selling advertising (through my advertising network, BlogHer, and Google ads, or directly to advertisers), or by sharing deals I find on sites like Amazon.com, DollarTree.com or Oriental Trading Company. I am dedicated to bringing you good ideas and helping you SAVE money. I don't want you to buy anything you wouldn't otherwise be buying, but if you ARE buying, then you might as well help support your favorite blog, right? Every time you click on an ad or affiliate link, I am able to bring you better content. My promise to you is that I LOVE THIS SITE and I LOVE DOLLAR STORE CRAFTING and all I want to do is craft and share my projects for free!
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